What do we do with our scrap fabrics? Turn them into Treasure!

We're pretty keen on sustainability here at Galapagos, and we try to build it into our business model as much as possible. For us, that means using materials wisely - not always an easy thing for a company that specialises in bespoke upholstery!

Using so many different fabrics can leave us with pieces of velvet, cotton and linen that are too small to use on a chair or sofa - but too big to waste. Throwing them away would waste all the energy, time, natural resources and of course money it takes to produce the beautiful fabrics we use. 

So, we put them to good use by sending them to charity.  
"Tosin Turns Trash To Treasure" or 5T for short, is a charity in Nigeria run by effervescent leader Olutosin, who makes and teaches disenfranchised women to make things from fabric donated by local and international businesses. Under her guidance, they make purses, backpacks, dresses and works of art which are sold to raise funds for the charity, or donated orphaned children. 

Olutosin's belief in the resourcefulness of Nigerian women and her outlook on life — finding treasure in what others consider trash — are creating positive waves across Nigeria. 

Not only are the items 5T makes beautiful and useful, they bring light into the lives of women and children. We love seeing the creative ways they put our fabrics to use, and we're proud to be a part of her work. It's all part and parcel of our commitment to creating a sustainable business. 

If you'd like to learn more about her work, visit the 5T Facebook page or read more on Upworthy